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The Imposters

“Suddenly a mild mannered street machine changes into nearly a foot of road gobbling racing machine.” They were kind of like Transformers… before Transformers!

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Board Games & The National Capital Region

The National Capital Region’s board game cafés/lounges/shops are proof positive that board gaming is an integral part of the social scene.

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Dial Typewriter from Marx (1950s)

The Dial Typewriter from Louis Marx and Company is a classic example of the type of tin lithograph toy that helped propel the company to global success in the toy industry.

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Barbie Dream House by Mattel

A 1960 television commercial for the Barbie Dream House from Mattel. It’s retro-chic!

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Spirograph FacTOYd

In 1967, Spirograph was the first mechanical drawing tool to be marketed as toy.

The Lowdown on CompleteSet

Dubbed “the online treasure map for collectors”, CompleteSet is an web-based application that offers a nostalgia/collectors museum, user community, and an online marketplace to help you buy that special item needed to round out your collection.

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Then & Now: Candy Land

The current incarnation of Candy Land is clearly channeling its inner Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back — well at least enough that Granny might have blushed a little.

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Green Machine by Marx

A 1978 television commercial for Louis Marx and Company’s Green Machine. What a ride!

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Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2015

To paraphrase singer-songwriter and musician Brad Paisley, “Today, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

The Road to Happy Days

The Road to Happy Days by Stephanie Sadagursky is one of my favorite types of books to read: historical non-fiction that is colorfully written and filled with fascinating and insightful anecdotes. Throughout the book’s 188 pages, Sadagursky vividly recounts her and her husband Paul’s 30-year journey into the world of buying and selling antique and collectible toys.

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Crayola Crayons FacTOYd

The 64-color assortment of Crayola crayons – complete with a built-in sharpener – made its debut in 1958.